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  • After 883 Years, Cistercian Monastery to Close in Germany

    10/18/2017 5:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Himmerod Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux, but closed due to lack of vocationsA Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down from about 30 monks in the 1970s. German news agency dpa on Saturday quoted the monastery’s head, Abbot Johannes, as saying the financial situation and especially the small number of monks had...
  • Pope Announces Special 2019 Synod of Bishops on South American Region

    10/18/2017 5:33:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/15/17 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization in the Pan-Amazon region of South America. “Accepting the desire of some Catholic bishops' conferences in Latin America, as well as the voice of various pastors and faithful from other parts of the world, I have decided to convene a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,” Francis said Oct. 15. The purpose of the assembly will be to “identify new paths...
  • In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

    10/17/2017 5:58:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 10/14/17 | Christopher Mannion
    In Poland, Catholics take their faith very seriously. On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a million Poles gathered at thousands of points on the country’s borders to pray the rosary “for the Poles and for the whole world,” one participant told the BBC. Coming from hundreds of churches throughout the country, Poles joined arms in prayer, “some on beaches on the Baltic Sea, some in fields and some in towns” on the 2,000-mile border, the BBC reported. Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, of Krakow in southern Poland, said during his sermon on Saturday morning that people should...
  • The "Hidden Christians" of Japan. Too Inconvenient for This Pontificate

    10/17/2017 3:45:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 17, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his admiration for the “hidden Christians” of Japan, who miraculously reappeared with their faith intact in the second half of the nineteenth century, after two and a half centuries of centuries of ferocious annihilation of Christianity in that country. But few know the real story of this miracle on the brink of the incredible. It was reconstructed on Thursday, October 12 in a fascinating conference in the aula magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, by the Japanese Jesuit Shinzo Kawamura, professor of Church history at Sophia University in Tokyo and an author of the most...
  • Russian Spiritual Revival Train Unites City and Village

    10/16/2017 5:36:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/13/17
    The 22nd social-charitable and spiritual educational campaign of the train “For the Spiritual Revival of Russia” was launched on Wednesday at the station in Novosibirsk, Russia, reports the Novosibirsk Diocese. This year, the event is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the central Russian Novosibirsk Province. The more than 200 participants on the train will cover 19 regions throughout the Province. Missionaries, priests, artists, social workers, doctors, and educational and cultural figures gathered at the train station, accompanied by Metropolitan Tikhon of Novosibirsk and Berdsk, the Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk Province Alexander Petrovich Titkov, and the Deputy Head...
  • New Francis Synod Called to Approve Married Priesthood

    10/16/2017 8:01:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 16, 2017 | New Catholic
    Yesterday, immediately following the canonization of 35 saints (including 33 Martyrs, 30 of whom were murdered by a Protestant-led horde during Holy Mass), Pope Francis announced the convocation of a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the "Pan-Amazonic" region, that is, the regions of the Amazon area in various South American countries. The gathering will take place in Rome in October 2019. The assembly was called supposedly to address indigenous natives' concerns.  But we know better. Just as the Synods "for the Family", in 2014 and 2015, were called basically to find enough ambiguity and semantic confusion to...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (10/16/2017) [Prayer]

    10/15/2017 10:26:33 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 26 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 10/16/2017 | UMC Rev Mom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Friends Remember Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek

    10/15/2017 5:04:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/11/17 | Jim Graves
    The holy witness of the Servant of God American Jesuit priest who was imprisoned for 15 years in solitary confinement and labor camps in the former Soviet Union.Servant of God Father Walter Ciszek (1904-84) was an American Jesuit priest who was imprisoned for 15 years in solitary confinement and labor camps in the former Soviet Union, and another eight years with restricted freedom, before being allowed to return to the United States. During his imprisonment, he often struggled to survive under harsh conditions, including the constant threat of starvation. Much of his time was spent in Siberia. When the opportunity...
  • The Communists the Pope Likes. And Vice-versa

    10/14/2017 4:55:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 10/11/17 | Sandro Magister
    In recent days a couple of surprising things have happened in Rome. And they are instructive in their way. The first is the beginning of the collaboration with “Avvenire,” the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, of the satirical comics author Sergio Staino, with a Sunday strip entitled “Hello, Jesus!”Here the surprise lies in the fact that Staino is an unwavering communist, was a “flower child” and a champion of free love, was until a few months ago the director of “L'Unità,” the defunct newspaper of the Italian communist party and then of the parties that succeeded it, and is...
  • Amir October 14 from Galilee on current events & more

    10/14/2017 4:18:26 PM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | October 14, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir is back in Israel with news and comment to bring us up to date on current events and put them in the proper perspective. The dangers of North Korea and Iran, Trump's speech on the Iran Deal, U.S. and Russia fighting and defending different groups of rebels, and Yellowstone supervolcano. He also remarks on the apathy and illiteracy among the young toward Bible prophecy and the Rapture. Our lesson: Be sure we are ready, because what happens may happen suddenly.
  • Is the Vatican Smothering Its Pro-life Office with a Seamless Garment?

    10/13/2017 6:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Stream ^ | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    LifeSiteNews has issued an alarming report on the official Vatican office that sets the tone for Catholic pro-life efforts worldwide. That’s the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose staff Pope Francis mostly purged and replaced, in some cases with pro-choice thinkers. It now seems to have embraced the “Seamless Garment” ideology of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The pro-life group C-Fam cited a recent statement by the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Being pro-life requires the academy to “re-think the semantic value of the term life,” said the President of the academy, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, during a press conference...
  • Four U.S. Bishops Endorse Fr. James Martin’s Pro-LGBT Book

    10/13/2017 5:51:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/11/17 | Lisa Bourne
    SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Four U.S. Catholic bishops and another from New Zealand have offered their names in support of Jesuit Father James Martin’s “project of outreach to LGBT Catholics.” According to Father Martin’s book publisher, Church hierarchy is continuing to endorse his message in light of “backlash from some unofficial far-right Catholic groups leading to the cancellation of three scheduled lectures.” “Many Catholic leaders have stepped forward to offer forceful new support for Father Martin and his message of ‘respect, compassion, and sensitivity,’” a HarperOne news release said. The “additional church leaders (who) have also...
  • Lutheran Lady Bishop "Ordained" in Catholic Cathedral

    10/12/2017 4:48:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 11, 2017 | Michael Matt
    The Lutheran Bishop-to-be, Rev. Katherine Finegan, made fancy invites for her "festive installation service", which will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Cathedral in Michigan... What's wrong with this picture? REMNANT COMMENT: This event is also announced in the "Tidings of Peace" October 2017 newsletter, in which something called "Pastor Andrea Fluegel" rather breathlessly reveals that Martin Lurther just barely "survived" being burnt at the stake by the Catholic Church, thank God, and then went on to save the world or some such nonsense.  (It's a fun read, Pastor Andrea. Feel free to use our cathedral, and then maybe call us when the shuttle lands.)In the meantime, hey, whom are we to judge first--the apparent...
  • Pope: Catholic Guide Needs Updating on Death Penalty Issue

    10/11/2017 5:58:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 10/10/17 | Nicole Winfield
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death penalty.</p> <p>During an anniversary ceremony at the Vatican, Francis repeated his insistence that capital punishment is “inadmissible” under any circumstance. He said the death penalty violates the Gospel and amounts to the voluntary killing of a human life, which “is always sacred in the eyes of the creator.”</p>
  • “Rigidity Prevents People from Widening Their Heart Like God Does”.

    10/11/2017 5:35:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/10/17 | Domenico Agasso Jr
    The Pope in Santa Marta, “Those who have stubborn souls do not understand what God’s mercy is” they forget that His omnipotence “manifests itself primarily in His forgiveness”“Those who have stubborn souls do not understand what God’s mercy is”. Those who are too “rigid” do not know how to “widen their heart” like God does. These were Pope Francis’ words during this morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. As Vatican Radio reports, for the second consecutive day, the Liturgy focuses on the Book of Jonah and on God’s mercy, which opens the hearts of all and wins over everything. For...
  • Without the Catechism, I might never have become Catholic

    10/11/2017 2:12:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    UK Catholic Herald ^ | 10/11/2017 | Luke Coppen
    The Catechism, published 25 years ago today, is no dry-as-dust manual - as I discovered when wrestling with its contentsI have never argued more with a book than the one that sits before me now. When I open my dog-eared copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I see page after page covered in pencil marks. The comments, written almost 20 years ago, read like those of a stranger: someone trying to argue his way out of becoming a Catholic.As I flick through the book, with its yellowed and broken spine, I see expressions of bafflement and even outrage....
  • Canon Law Must Serve Vatican II Vision of the Church, Pope Says

    10/10/2017 6:28:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/17 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis says the Church's law must always be perfected to better serve the church's mission and the daily lives of the faithful. Canon law, he said, can and should be an instrument for implementing the vision of the Second Vatican Council.ROME - The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law is an instrument that must serve the church’s pastoral mission of bringing God’s mercy to all and leading them to salvation, Pope Francis said. Just as the first full codification of Catholic Church law was carried out 100 years ago “entirely dominated by pastoral concern,” so today its amendments and...
  • The Pope, the Bishops, Muhammad and Migration

    10/09/2017 4:24:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/5/17 | William Kilpatrick
    What is missing from the USCCB’s campaign materials is any larger context in which to place the issue of Muslim migration. Catholics who are contemplating the issue should also know something about the fact that Muslims have historically used migration as a form of conquest.As part of a two-year campaign to promote the acceptance of migrants, the USCCB is issuing a brochure titled “Our Faith Teaches: Welcoming the Refugee and Migrant.”Among other things, the brochure reminds us that Jesus was a migrant and refugee. The implication is that in welcoming the migrant we are welcoming Jesus. But it’s useful to...
  • New Bishop of Innsbruck [Austria] Calls for Women Deacons

    10/09/2017 4:19:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/3/17 | Staff Reporter
    He also said he was 'very open' to giving Communion to the divorced and remarriedThe new Bishop of Innsbruck, Hermann Glettler, has said he supports the ordination of women to the diaconate, and is open to giving Communion to the divorced and remarried. ORF reports that Bishop Glettler said he would be “clearly for” admitting women to the diaconate. Last year, Pope Francis set up a committee to study the issue of women deacons, and their role in the early Church. The Pope said that while his understanding was that the women described as deacons in the New Testament were...
  • Papal Adviser: We Can No Longer ‘Judge People’ Based on Moral Norms

    10/07/2017 6:42:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/6/17 | Pete Baklinski
    BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Jesuit priest and papal confidant Father Anthony Spadaro said that Pope Francis holds that the Catholic Church can no longer set down general norms that apply to entire groups of people. Spadaro, editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, made the comment today at a conference at Boston College where liberal Cardinals met with dissident theologians to discuss strategies for implementing Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family in dioceses across the United States. The Jesuit priest told attendees that Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's 2016 teaching on marriage and family, recognizes...